10 January 2017
Now that we’re into the beginning of the new year, it’s time to make good on your new year’s resolutions. If you’re taking your health more seriously this year then why not challenge yourself to the Vodafone Malta Marathon or the Half Marathon? Book your flights to Malta now and test your abilities surrounded by Malta’s beautiful scenery!
2017 marks the 31st year the marathon has been running (no pun intended) and it has grown massively since its induction in 1986. Last year saw a record number of applicants with 600 runners in the marathon and over 3,100 in the half marathon. That’s a lot of athletes. With people travelling from all over the globe, including the UK, Italy, Germany and as far away as USA, Canada and even Japan, the marathon has become an international favourite.
The Inspire Foundation will be the official charity for 2017’s marathon. Inspire works with helping children and adults with various disabilities to achieve independence in their own lives. While you’re out there pushing yourself to your limits, know that your efforts will make a positive change in someone’s life.
Taking place on the 5th March, the marathon will begin outside the colossal bastions of Mdina at 7:30 am. The half marathon will follow at 9:15 am. The half marathon is also being organised as a walkathon. So if you feel like you’re not ready for the run, you can choose to take your time and enjoy a long, brisk walk instead. The warm early-morning sun lighting up the old capital in all its glory will definitely give you the motivation you need to start the race in high spirits. All along the 42.2 km route (or 21.1km for the half marathon) you will be able to grab a bottle of water or Powerade at specific points. If you're lucky you may also come across some light entertainment along the way. In previous years, many brass bands have come out to support the athletes. This can serve as a great morale boost.
Following on from Mdina, the route will take you through a lot of the surrounding countryside. During early March, the landscape will be a lush green paradise so if the race doesn’t take your breath away, the scenery certainly will. You will also get a chance to see many towns in Malta with the route taking you through Mosta and Attard. You will also pass by the waterfront along Pieta, Msida, Ta’Xbiex, Gzira and finally reach the finish line in Sliema. It’s a fantastically unique way to see this part of the island.
Like all marathons, you will also find a lot of athletes partaking for the fun of it so expect to see some great light-hearted costumes on the day. Why not dress up too and add to the good-natured atmosphere? Besides, if you can finish a marathon in a costume, you’ve definitely earned some bragging rights!
If you’re interested in participating, check out the Vodafone Malta Marathon website where they will be accepting applications up until the 15th January. After that, it’s time to start preparing yourself for an intense race in the middle of the Mediterranean!
Images courtesy of the Inspire Foundation website